Darebin Arts Speakeasy's 2024 Season of Developments and Presentations

Melbourne artists and arts organisations are invited to apply for our 2024 Presentation and Development season.

Darebin Arts Speakeasy invites artists and arts organisation to apply to be a part of its 2024 Development and Presentation season. 


**Applications are now closed**

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Over the last decade, Darebin council’s award winning year-round independent arts program has become an influential hub for performing artists to create and present new work that speaks to issues that matter to the community, celebrate cultural diversity and reflect the times we're living in.   

Every year, the program looks for a broad mix of artistic disciplines - circus, music, dance, theatre, live art and participatory work, among others - that are viable in their development and presentation and can demonstrate an empathy with our Programming Priorities, which include original, and compelling contributions to a cultural conversation; First Nations-led work; Addressing the Climate Emergency and Access for all. 

The two streams open for applications are: 

  • Developments – Projects that are still being explored, and where time, studio space and cash support would help you and your team investigate and refine the material.  

  • Presentations – Works that are sufficiently tested and developed that you and your team are now ready to put into production. They should only require up to four weeks in our spaces before they are presented to an audience. Presentations are required to have their teams mostly confirmed at the time of application and a clear plan for obtaining additional financial support if needed. As Darebin is making a considerable investment in the works, each company is required to collaborate with the Arts Programming team in the delivery and marketing of the shows.


Performance works for both Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre are invited to apply. The available spaces at the venues include:  

The program incorporates a suite of access initiatives for artists and audiences to ensure arts participation for everyone. We work with artists to provide access services that suit the needs of each production, such as Auslan interpreted sessions, audio described sessions, social scripts and relaxed performances. People of all abilities are represented on stage and off, are empowered in decision making processes and supported to engage with creative culture in meaningful ways.   

Read our Guidelines for more information about the application process.

All artists and companies are encouraged to apply, you do not have to be a Darebin resident. 

Applications must be submitted via the SmartyGrants platform. If an online form application is a significant barrier to you, please email beau.mccafferty@darebin.vic.gov.au to discuss your idea. 

**Applications are now closed**

Join our mailing list to keep up-to-date with the latest artist opportunities offered by Darebin Arts Speakeasy 


Image: Arterial by Na Djinang Circus; Photo by Darren Gill (2023)